Library Lessons: Sep 10-14, 2018

Week 2 = the first week for check out this year!

Something I didn’t mention in Week 1: learning names. This should be a post in and of itself, as learning All The Names is one of the more challenging hurdles of the specialist life.  However, there are a few tips & tricks that have worked for me that I can share.

Kindergarten:

There are 6 K classes this year – 5 in a row on Monday afternoon, and 1 on Thursday.  Since school started on a Wednesday, this week was Week 1 for the Monday classes…and they did not check out.  The Thursday class DID check out.

For more about teaching kindergarten at the beginning of the year, read the following:

Grade 1:

Author study time!  Hello, Ryan T. Higgins!

Due to 30 minute classes and our first check-out, there wasn’t much time for questioning or reflection.  However, know that I always ask inferencing / predicting questions as I read aloud, and that stories often end with a Thinking Question.  A good one for this would be: Do you think Bruce is a good mother?  What evidence from the story supports your thinking?

Grade 2/3:

Perhaps the third year in a row I’ve used this lesson.  I like it.  So do the students.

This year, with only 30 minute classes – and this being our first week of (self) check out – we celebrated Dot Day over 3 weeks.  It ultimately incorporates literature, self-reflection, augmented reality, and digital citizenship.

Grade 4/5:

Week 1 was relatively easy: welcome & a read aloud.  Week 2, though: I was at a complete loss of what to do.  The availability of technology wasn’t entirely clear, the 4/5 classes were huge, and the students were bigger than I’d remembered.  I wasn’t ready to jump right into “big” learning.  Looking to the news, I became inspired: a huge hurricane was bearing down on the Carolinas, and I felt it was important for my students to realize that their country (and the world) was bigger than the small snow globe in which many of them live.  Hence: TWO BOBBIES by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery.  We looked at a large map to see where Hurricane Florence was, we talked about where in the US hurricanes occur (not the PNW), and we started a read-aloud that tells the story of a dog and a cat who became bonded for life after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Next week: finishing up the story.

Cheers, y’all! –arika

Library Lessons: Nov 26-30, 2018

If it looks like lessons are repeating – they may be. SO many holidays or field trips or delays due to power outages and snow this year…

Kindergarten:

Grade 1:

Grade 2:

Grade 3:

Grade 4/5:

also, because it needed a quick refresher: how NOT to leave the Graphic Novel section after browsing…

Library Lessons: Sep 5 2018

Week 1 came too fast this year. Having been hired not two weeks before, I was *not* prepared in ways that I expect of myself.  Excuses or valid reasons?  Either way:

  • Library passes for self check-out weren’t made, nor was there railroad board used to make them available (thank you, Dick Blick, for having it AND delivering it in a speedy fashion). Result: no self check out during week 1.
  • Destiny wasn’t set up. Time was spent on setting up the physical space, not the virtual computer.  Students had to be updated, old fines forgiven, and restrictive notes removed.  Eep. Result: no check out at all in week 1.
  • Sorting through the cabinets and drawers was akin to an archeological dig: it never ended and there was a good chance of finding something valuable where it was least expected. Result: tons of time spent clearing, tossing, recycling, labeling, and reorganizing.
  • Books were double-stacked behind the circ desk.  Result: my mental sanity was being tested…
  • The library had new carpeting installed a week before Day 1.  All the furniture had to be put back..but where to?  There was no good map.  Result: designing a new library layout that worked.  Shelves had to be rolled, books had to be shifted, tables and chairs had to fit as the space needed to have a natural flow and sense of order.  Result: sweatiness, sore muscles, hours of time, but a design that flowed and made logical sense.
  • There were boxes and bags and tons of “stuff” packed pre-carpeting.  Dealing with furniture was easy compared to this.  What to keep?  What to let go?  I tossed it all in the library storage room for the time being (note: the room was, 4 weeks later, christened The Book Room and all the junk stuff that was tossed in there had to be dealt with ASAP).

But week 1 doesn’t care about these things: week 1 comes, whether I’m ready or not.  So it was a slow week, one where I shared a little bit about me, my family, and new books.  My personal goal for the year is to let students discover that the library is a place for them: that they’re always welcome in the library and that it will have what they want/need.  Starting slow, sharing books, and introducing my expectations (Be Kind, Be Safe, Do Your Best, Help the Rest – which are similar to the schoolwide expectations…except they rhyme, which works really well for the 16 K-2 classes) was the way I chose to go.

Kindergarten:

Grade 1/2:

Grade 3/4/5:

Library Lessons: Dec 3-7, 2018

Kindergarten:

Grade 1:

Grade 2/3:

Grade 4/5:

Cheers, y’all! –arika

Library Lessons: Dec 10-14, 2018

Kindergarten:

We also looked at photos of yarn-covered trees and imagined what it was like to create that art.

Grade 1:

Grade 2 & 3:

Grade 4 & 5:

Friends.  This was THE MOST FUN AND ENGAGEMENT OF 2018 in my new library.  I’ve never done Breakout before (too many classes! no reset time!), but the Digital platform made it possible.  They *loved* Winter is SNOW Fun, which was neither too easy nor too hard.  I gave a quick 4 minute run-down of how the website worked, complete with 1 sample of how to enter a clue’s answers.  That was it – they were off!

As a Winter Break Bonus, I linked Rudolph’s Hide-n-Seek in our library Symbaloo.  This was entirely more difficult – it took me almost 2 hours to solve it, and that was with the help of the entire family!  My favorite part of both of these Breakouts? They’re FREE!

Cheers, y’all! –arika

Library Lessons: Jan 2-4, 2019

A short week, so some of these lessons are the same as the final week of 2018.  Keeping the classes on a schedule when there are so many random days missed is nearly impossible.  I find that unit studies help.

Kindergarten:

Grade 1:

Grade 2/3:

Grade 4/5: